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Mail Order Calamity

Kansas Brides Series, Book 4
Narrated by: Reagan Boggs
Series: Kansas Brides, Book 4
Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
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Elaina Andrews witnesses a bank robbery and recognizes one of the bandits, and struggles with fear and stress from his threats. Her best friend, Sarah, gives her a train ticket so she can take her place as the mail order bride of Peter Mullins, constable of Hunter's Grove.

Pete turns out to be a fine gentleman and he marries her and brings her to his farmhouse. Every domestic duty Elaina performs turns into a disaster. She doesn't like the house or the chores he'd burdened her with. She wonders if she should have the unconsummated marriage annulled even though there is a definite physical attraction between them. A rich man, Brock, steps into the picture. Is he her escape route, or will she find a way to reconcile with Pete?

©2016 Barbara Goss (P)2017 Barbara Goss

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A Christian Story

Barbara Goss has written a love story steeped heavily in Christian morals and values. She has tried to include a little bit of suspense as well (Elaine witnesses a bank robbery and has to go on the run). But the main emphasis is on Christian values. A lot of the book focuses on the consummation of Elaine and Pete's marriage, the Church and faith, valuing people over property, faith and trust in God's plan and so forth.

To be honest, it wasn't my cup of tea but for the right person this book works well. It is a sweet, gentle and clean historical Christian romance with just a suggestion of suspense.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Leanne
  • 02-04-18

Lovely, clean romance

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I finished this book in a single day because it was so captivating. It's a simple story, but not less touching because of that. It's also interesting to see romance bloom without steamy scenes, much like it would happen in real life.

At times I wanted to smack Elaina on the head for being so stubborn, but then I thought... and if it were me in that situation, different from everything I'd ever known? Then I felt a little more compassionate towards her.

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  • HeatherY
  • 21-05-17

Another Great One!

Another great mail order bride novel by the talented Barbara Goss! Elaina is witness to a bank robbery in her hometown, and is shocked to recognize one of the bandits as a man close to her family. He threatens to kill her if she identifies him. She confides in her best friend, Sarah, who offers to give her the train ticket she was sent by a man in Hunter's Grove, Kansas. Elaina realizes this is her only option and accepts, hoping that the man she will meet there will protect her.

Peter is the constable for Hunter's Grove, and owns a dilapidated farmhouse outside of town. He's happy to find Elaina so kind and beautiful, and agrees to marry her immediately. He brings her home where things don't go as well as he'd hoped. Elaina can't cook, and the old house seems to be too much for her to handle. Immediately she brings up an annulment, but Peter wants to fight to make the marriage work.

I love books filled with descriptions of domestic duties during that time, and this one has plenty. I really enjoyed Elaina and Peter's personalities, and the book had plenty of action and villains, as well as the romance. It kept me hooked the entire time. There are appearance by other couples from the series, but this can be read as a standalone.

Reagan Boggs was an excellent narrator as always, she pulled me right into the story without overacting. I was provided a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Maria Boyd
  • 19-05-17

Sweet story.

Would you consider the audio edition of Mail Order Calamity to be better than the print version?

I think the audio version offered more emotional connection to the characters.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked how the characters were recognizably real people with fears, doubts, despair and confusion. Elaina certainly agonized over what to do about her sister's fiance being a bank robber before sharing her problem with her best friend. And I liked Pete's earthy and spiritual soul searching about his relationship with Elaina.

Which scene was your favorite?

I liked the scene where Pete first meets Elaina at the train. I found his enthusiasm puppy-dog cute.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Newly wedded blanch?

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  • Zena
  • 18-05-17

Totally captivating

I honestly couldn't say which book in this series I have enjoyed the most as each one is as good as any of the others as well as being extremely enjoyable and captivating too. This is due to the talented writing of Barbara Goss.
In the audiobook version, Reagan Boggs once again helps bring this story to life with her amazing voice.
I found myself engrossed, amused, saddened and hopeful at various times and I wouldn't have it any other way. Barbara and Reagan, thank you so much for putting me in the centre of Elaina and Pete's story and keeping me there. I really loved this book.
The audiobook version was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost and this is my unbiased review.

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  • Shrtip
  • 14-05-17

unexpected bride

Barbara does a great job drawing you in and keeping you wanting more. This was about a constable ordering a mail order bride and getting one he didn't order. Pete sent a train ticket for Sarah but her best friend saw a bank robbery and was threatened. Sarah have Alana the ticket instead. I loved the story. It has drama but was a clean story.I was given a copy for an honest review through ARC.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-05-17

Another must read from Barbara Goss!

Would you listen to Mail Order Calamity again? Why?

I fully intend to listen to it, and all her books again.

What other book might you compare Mail Order Calamity to and why?

It's in a class by itself..along with all her others.

Have you listened to any of Reagan Boggs’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not that I am aware of.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would have been glad to, but I mostly listen when driving.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-05-17

Calamity

I enjoyed hearing about Pete story. They had some issues, that they had to overcome

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  • Dorothy Dooley
  • 07-05-17

Great book

Great story, I can't wait for the next book, this book should be on your to read list

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  • Marcine
  • 06-05-17

Recommended

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It's a good, clean exciting romance novel

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mail Order Calamity?

Elaina's learning how to cook and keep house

Have you listened to any of Reagan Boggs’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

yes. this one is very well done also

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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Another smash hit for Barbara Goss. A romantic adventure that keeps the
reader enthralled until the end. Elaina, after witnessing a bank robbery,
leaves town with a friend's Mail Order Bride offer. Her intended is the
Constable, and he finds himself defending the town and Elaina from a gang
of outlaws. The narration by Reagan Boggs is spot on!

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  • Hilary Simcox
  • 01-08-20

Each story gets better.

I never know what's going to happen next. I really enjoyed listening to this story. Can't wait to listen to the next one. Barbara Goss is a great story teller.